Faculty and Staff : Full-Time Faculty

Joyce Gomes-Osman, PT, PhD

Primary Appointment:
Department of Physical Therapy, Miller School of Medicine, Assistant Professor

Secondary Appointment:
Department of Neurology, Miller School of Medicine, Assistant Professor

Additional Affiliations:
Member; Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, Department of Neurology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Member; Center on Aging at Miller School of Medicine

Education:
Harvard Medical School (MA, USA); Postdoctoral Research Scholar; 2013 (to present)

University of Miami (FL, USA); Doctor of Philosophy (PhD); 12/2013

Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saude Publica (Bahia State, Brazil);
Baccaleauriate in Physical Therapy; 06/2007

Research:
I am a rehabilitation scientist with expertise in clinical research that aims at harnessing plasticity in the form of non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) and exercise, and assessing its effects on the human nervous system. In my career, I have explored pertinent questions regarding the potential for non-invasive brain stimulation (including transcranial magnetic stimulation [TMS] and transcranial direct current stimulation [tDCS]) to aid in the characterization of remaining function, and augment rehabilitation approaches aimed at restoring functional hand use after impairment due to spinal cord injury. During my postdoc at Harvard Medical School, I had the opportunity to improve my knowledge in NIBS, advanced TMS-based plasticity measures and cognitive neurology.

At the Neuromotor Plasticity Lab, for which I am the director, I carry out studies that apply my knowledge of neuroplasticity and functional performance to better understand the influence of exercise and its potential to improve function and promote neuroplasticity throughout the lifespan and those with stroke, memory disorders and Parkinson’s Disease. These studies are done in collaboration with the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, Movement Disorders Division and Center on Aging at Miller School of Medicine, and the Berenson-Allen Center for Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation, Harvard Medical School.

Selected Publications:

Gomes-Osman J, Tibbett JA, Poe BP, Field-Fote E. Priming for Improved Hand Strength in Persons with Chronic Tetraplegia: A Comparison of Priming-augmented Functional Task Practice, Priming Alone, and Conventional Exercise Training. Frontiers in Neurology; 2016; [Epub ahead of print].

Morris T, Gomes-Osman J, Costa-Miserach D, Pascual-Leone A. The Role of Physical Exercise in Cognitive Recovery After Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience; 2016; [Epub ahead of print].

Neville IS, Gomes-Osman J, Amorim RLO, Hayashi CY, Galhardoni R, Zaninotto AL, Teixeira MJ, Paiva WS. How can transcranial magnetic stimulation change the way we treat traumatic brain injury? International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine; 2016; [Epub ahead of print]

Chang WH, Fried PJ, Saxena S, Jannati A, Gomes-Osman J, Kim YH, Pascual-Leone A; Optimal number of pulses as outcome measures of neuronavigated transcranial magnetic stimulation; Clinical Neurophysiology; 2016; [Epub ahead of print]

Gomes-Osman J, Cortes M, Guest J, Pascual-Leone A; A Systematic Review of Experimental Strategies Aimed at Improving Motor Function after Acute and Chronic Spinal Cord Injury. Journal of Neurotrauma; 2016; 425-438.

Gomes-Osman J, Field-Fote EC; Improvements in hand function in adults with chronic tetraplegia following a multi-day 10Hz rTMS intervention combined with repetitive task practice; Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy; 2015; 23-30.

Gomes-Osman J., Field-Fote EC; Cortical versus afferent stimulation as an adjunct to functional task practice training: a randomized, comparative pilot feasibility study in people with cervical spinal cord injury; Clinical Rehabilitation; 2015; 771-782.

Gomes-Osman J, Field-Fote EC; Bihemispheric Anodal Corticomotor Stimulation Using Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Improves Bimanual Typing Task Performance; J Motor Behavior; 2013; 361-367.

Baptista AF, Goes BT, Menezes D, Gomes FC, Zugaib J, Stipursky J, Gomes JR, Oliveira JT, Vannier-Santos MA, Martinez AM; PEMF fails to enhance nerve regeneration after sciatic nerve crush lesion. Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System; 2009; 285-293.

Baptista AF, Gomes JR, Oliveira JT, Santos SM, Vannier-Satos MA, Martinez AMB; High and low frequency transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation delay sciatic nerve regeneration in the mouse. Journal of Neuroscience Methods; 2008; 71-80.

Baptista AF, Gomes JR, Oliveira JT, Santos SM, Vannier-Satos MA, Martinez AMB; A new approach to assess function after sciatic nerve lesion in the mouse-Adaptation of the sciatic static index. J Neuroscience Methods; 2007; 259-264.

Baptista AF, Goes BT, Menezes D, Gomes FC, Zugaib J, Stipursky J, Gomes JR, Oliveira JT, Vannier-Santos MA, Martinez AM. PEMF fails to enhance nerve regeneration after sciatic nerve crush lesion. J Peripher Nerv Syst, 14(4):285-93, 2009

Baptista AF, Gomes J.R., Oliveira JT, Santos SM, Vannier-Satos MA, Martinez AMB. High and low frequency transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation delay sciatic nerve regeneration in the mouse. J Neurosci Methods, 13(1):71-80, 2007.

Baptista AF, Gomes J.R., Oliveira JT, Santos SM, Vannier-Satos MA, Martinez AMB. A new approach to assess function after sciatic nerve lesion in the mouse-Adaptation of the sciatic static index. J Neurosci Methods, 161(2):259-64, 2007.

Courses Taught:
PTS 641- Neuroscience II